Portland Storytellers' Guild presents Tales of Unintended Consequences


A 25-year veteran performer and workshop leader, Steven Henegar calls up the everyday and the fantastic to discover feelings and experiences that connect us all, blending the easy conversation of his family’s storytelling with incisive imagery shaped by a decade in the theater as an actor, writer and director. ‘Truth and lies,” he says, “mined from a long life looking around.”

You might call Ken Iverson an accidental storyteller. He attended a show and loved it. Later, he told a story and loved that too — so much so that he helped found the Portland Storytellers Guild 35 years ago. Now he performs about 100 times a year and says he is still surprised by where ‘story’ leads him. More info at www.keniverson.com.

Juliana Person is the opening night newbie. Chosen as the audience teller at a Guild show two years ago, she brought down the house and was instantly hooked. She has enjoying putting greater focus on stories in her life ever since. A winery lab supervisor and cancer survivor with a passion for travel, she has collected a fair few stories over the years.

09/07/2019 7:30 PM

Door Time: 7:00 PM

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Even the best of intentions can lead to unintended consequences.

That is the scenario three storytellers will examine when the Portland Storytellers Guild opens its 2019-2020 Saturday evening, September 7 at the Clinton Street Theater.

Hear how Steve Henegar, Ken Iverson, Juliana Person react when they find themselves out on a limb, once again, when things don’t turn out exactly as planned — and reflect on times when you, too, confronted such a situation. Tickets are $12 in advance ($10 for Guild members and their guests) and $15 the night of the show when doors open at 7 and the stories start toflow at 7:30.

It promises to be a festive start to the 35th season for Portland’s oldest and most revered storytelling group with giveaways and even the chance for audience involvement since one volunteer will be chosen to tell a five-minute story after intermission.


A 25-year veteran performer and workshop leader, Steven Henegar calls up the everyday and the fantastic to discover feelings and experiences that connect us all, blending the easy conversation of his family’s storytelling with incisive imagery shaped by a decade in the theater as an actor, writer and director. ‘Truth and lies,” he says, “mined from a long life looking around.”

You might call Ken Iverson an accidental storyteller. He attended a show and loved it. Later, he told a story and loved that too — so much so that he helped found the Portland Storytellers Guild 35 years ago. Now he performs about 100 times a year and says he is still surprised by where ‘story’ leads him. More info at www.keniverson.com.

Juliana Person is the opening night newbie. Chosen as the audience teller at a Guild show two years ago, she brought down the house and was instantly hooked. She has enjoying putting greater focus on stories in her life ever since. A winery lab supervisor and cancer survivor with a passion for travel, she has collected a fair few stories over the years.